British High Schooler Ben gets into a bit of trouble with the law. His hilarious account of the event sets the tone for the entire book. As part of his probation he must do three things: Keep a Journal, Learn Something New and Give Something Back. He learns to knit (and becomes a prodigy) and gives something back to the victim of his crime. Along the way he worries and wonders, creating and solving many problems. In trying to please everyone Ben creates more disharmony than he started with.
The author does a fine job of showing us the joys and disasters of a teen trying to see where he fits in the world. I generally can’t follow sports in a book, but knitting descriptions I can understand. If you are a knitter you will be pleased to see that the knitting segments are accurate. This book certainly made me want to pick up my knitting needles again. This book is an excellent example of the diary format at it’s best.
A quick peek at the author’s website shows a sequel… but the title might be a spoiler.
(There is some drinking, so I might consider this HS)
Source: ebook from the public library